Dia de los muertos/Day of the Dead

by Readingintheborderlands

Día de los Muertos is here! This Latin American holiday commemorates the dead and is generally celebrated on November 2 (with some regional variation). In my part of the borderlands people often tidy gravesites and decorate cemetaries. Some families also construct altars and have the traditional graveside picnics.

The Smithsonian Latino Center has interesting information and resources about the Day of the Dead. Wikipedia also has a fairly thorough explanation of this holiday.

There are also a number of children’s books related to the Day of the Dead. Here are three bilingual examples:

The Festival of Bones: El festival de las calaverasby Luis San Vicente.

On the Day of the Dead the skeletons are ready to have fun! This book also has information about the holiday, including historical facts and recipes for pan de muerto and sugar skulls.


Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book by Jeanette Winter.

Don Pedro makes skeletons for the Day of the Dead, one skeleton for each letter of the alphabet.





A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead/Un regalo para Abuelita: En celebración del Día de los Muertos by Nancy Luenn.

After Abuelita dies, Rosita and her family construct an altar for the Day of the Dead.


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